Early careers

Whether you are considering an apprenticeship, work experience or graduate roles, our accredited courses ensure that you are equipped with transferable skills and qualifications.

The Academy brings all our learning and career development expertise under one roof.  Our team will help you plan and develop your career, gain confidence in your role and achieve your potential.

From project managers, to document controllers, to engineers, to social value specialists - our teams are made up of a wide range of skilled professionals all working together to deliver projects ranging from small-scale improvements to major projects.

Wherever your talent lies, there is a position in which you can make an impact.

Work placements

There’s no better way to get a feel for the job than to spend time with people who know it the best. A placement allows you to apply your skills - such as numeracy, IT, teamwork and problem solving – to a working environment. Most importantly, you will experience the industry first hand, helping you to decide whether it is right for you.

If you are interested in a work placement, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Michelle

I joined Taylor Woodrow after completing an Onsite Skills Training course, which I found out about at my local job centre having been made redundant from a previous role. The course was run with a local college and offered three weeks’ worth of training. I had always wanted to get into the construction industry, so it was great to spend time on site as part of the course and meet lots of the team. This was where I heard about Document Control as a career opportunity, and it sounded like the right fit for my experience. I had an interview and got the job and have enjoyed being part of the site team ever since. You get to meet lots of different people, and everyone is friendly and welcoming. There’s lots of variety in what I do which makes every day interesting.


As a graduate trainee, you will develop your occupation on the most exciting projects the industry has to offer. Our schemes combine formal training with structured mentoring to help you find your feet as quickly as possible.

Most of our graduates possess a construction-related degree, although we do consider other disciplines. To enter the scheme, you will be expected to have completed a work experience placement and gained sponsorship in your final year of university.

If you would like to join our graduate programme please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Eva

I had my first experience of Taylor Woodrow through three enriching summer placements as part of the ICE QUEST Scholarship scheme. Working for Taylor Woodrow during my university summers served as a fantastic introduction to the business, allowing me to forge connections with colleagues an acquire invaluable engineering experience.

Upon graduating and transitioning to a full-time role at Taylor Woodrow, I have been fortunate to work on the HS2 project as a Design Coordinator and then a Site Engineer. Driven by an enthusiasm to achieve Chartered status and guided by the support of my Taylor Woodrow Supervising Civil Engineer, I spent one year on a design secondment at Mott MacDonald.

More recently I have joined the Business Development team at Taylor Woodrow’s head office. My favourite thing about working for Taylor Woodrow is the variety of experience and skills you can obtain. Variation is so important, especially at the start of your career as it can help to determine long term goals and specialisation. Diverse experience is equally essential on the path to Chartership.  I am grateful to Taylor Woodrow for providing me with a great foundation for my civil engineering career.  

Sponsored students

A sponsorship enables you to study at leading UK universities while gaining valuable work experience. With the added benefit of financial support, mentoring and networking opportunities, the sponsorship route was taken by many of our rising stars.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Sami

I am a fourth-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Bath, after I recently completed a year-long placement with Taylor Woodrow. During my placement, I was assigned a variety of tasks from leading meetings with over 20 supervisors in attendance, to monitoring the deflection of a cantilevered steel canopy during its installation. The on-site experience significantly improved my understanding of the construction process, and the knowledge gained remains useful during my studies. Whether during formal meetings or informal discussions, I always felt a part of the team - with my contributions genuinely heard. The supportive environment extended beyond my time on the projects, as members of the team still offer me guidance whenever necessary.


Apprenticeships are an ideal way to develop your skills and progress your career. We sponsor a wide range of high-quality apprenticeships across many disciplines, including technical construction, civil engineering, quantity surveying, digital engineering, and health, safety and environmental.

As well as working with our own teams, you will have the chance to spend time with the companies that we partner with. What’s more, you will work towards an NVQ or professional membership qualification supported by the National Apprenticeship Scheme’s on-the-job training.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Cameron

I have achieved my Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and am moving on to study for my Level 6 Degree. I have always had an interest in construction and have always taken a hands-on approach. I couldn’t see myself going to university full time so an Apprenticeship was the right route for me. There hasn’t been a day since the very beginning where I haven’t learned something. I think that having the opportunity at a young age to constantly learn and then apply this learning really builds character and a solid foundation for your career. My highlight so-far was winning New Civil Engineer’s Apprentice of the Year 2021, it’s an achievement I’m really proud of.


Meet Vanessa

Hello to anyone reading this! My name is Vanessa and I am a Communications and Collaboration Apprentice working on the HS2 Old Oak Common Station Project. I am completing a Level Four qualification in PR and Communications, and I gained an interest in this sector after watching the tv show ‘Workin’ Moms’!

The creative freedom I have in my role is like nothing I could have imagined, and I’ve gained confidence in ways I could never have if I went to university. Highlights of my experience include going to industry awards to support our team, meeting amazing people and gaining mountains upon mountains of experience!

Visit our people page to read more about being part of the Taylor Woodrow team.

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